David Bradshaw is at peace with his game.
"I'm pretty comfortable with my golf swing,'' the six-time West Virginia Open champion said in a phone interview last week from Jefferson County.
"My game is starting to get pretty complete, which is nice. I'm not doing a whole lot of searching. Right now I seem to be on a roll.''
Bradshaw is putting together his best season yet as a professional, and the timing couldn't be better.
The Bakerton resident, who turned pro 61/2 years ago, was runner-up in this year's Open and followed that up this past week with his biggest payday yet, taking the Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational and its $30,000 first-place prize.
Bradshaw then finished tied for 11th in Thursday's Greenbrier Classic pre-qualifier at Glade Springs, earning a spot in today's qualifier, where four golfers will advance to this week's PGA Tour event.
Bradshaw wrestled with his approach last year in spite of playing in two PGA events, a pair of Web.com Tour tournaments and one eGolf Professional Tour event.
"I feel like my game has taken a 180 from last year,'' he said. "Last year my game was just incomplete. I was just fighting my way around a golf course.
"You can do that in the Monday qualifiers and the mini-tour events, but when you get to a [PGA] Tour-level golf course, it's just so difficult if you're game isn't solid from end to end. It's going to eat you up and it did. I just found a way to get through the year.''
Bradshaw took a break from competition last autumn to clear his head.
"It gives you a chance to kind of start over,'' he said. "I was headed down the wrong road.''
Bradshaw, who resides near San Diego during the golf season, regrouped and found his passion again this spring as the head coach of the 16-member boys golf team at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif.
"Those kids play for fun because they love golf,'' he said. "I really liked it. I had so much fun with the kids. In that world, it's more about the camaraderie and making sure everyone is enjoying golf and getting the most out of it.''